What will a young woman do, who has just left a cloistered monastery and is now faced with the difficult transition of getting back into normal society? And what will her mother do, who had just suffered a crippling stroke and now faces the remainder of her life as an invalid? The answers are described vividly in Six Years of Grace: Caregiving Episodes With My Mother, as Seattle violinist Jenny Sokol recounts the journey she and her mother Agatha shared. Readers are drawn into intimate conversations, daily struggles, prayerful musings, and plenty of humor. For all those who face the inevitable reality of caring for an elderly parent or loved one in the future, Six Years of Grace offers light and hope for one of God's most fulfilling calls.
"A child caring for an aging parent can become a spiritual experience for both. This is an inspiring story of hope; of a mother who viewed her sickroom as a sacred space shared with God and who steadfastly maintained her purpose in life as a contemplative in action while waiting for Jesus to come gently." - Stephen Kent, Editor, Catholic Northwest Progress
I immediately related to Jennifer Sokol's Six Years of Grace: Caregiving Episodes with my Mother, because, like her mother, my own elderly mother's name was Agatha and my sister was her caregiver. Jennifer Sokol shares day-to-day experiences in the care of her disabled mother during the final six years of her life. For the millions of people who are caregivers to their aging parents, this book will encourage them in the sacrifice they have undertaken and encourage them to live one day at a time. For those who have not experienced such intense care-giving, they will gain an appreciation for those loved ones, perhaps in their own families, who have said yes to this call from God. The book is profound in its simplicity. Jennifer's Catholic faith sustained her in the journey with her mother and it illustrated the maxim that “with God, all things are possible.” It showed the dignity, dependence and sweetness of her mother and at the same ti Full Review...
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